It’s a sad day in Evanston, Ill. No, don’t worry, Clarke’s Diner didn’t close its doors. Freshman Wildcat Matthew Fitzpatrick has announced his intention to withdraw from Northwestern University following the fall academic quarter to pursue an amateur golf career full-time at his home in England.
Fitzpatrick came to the Wildcats as the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world and ranked second on the team with a 71.63 stroke average. In five events he recorded three top-20s and two top-10 finishes, including a co-medalist effort at Duke’s Rod Myers Intercollegiate in October.
“I very much enjoyed my experience at Northwestern,” Fitzpatrick said. “The people, the school and the great city of Chicago all exceeded my expectations.
“Based on the opportunities I have right now from a golf perspective, I feel it is important to dedicate 100 percent of my time to the game and have decided to withdraw from university in the U.S.”
As a former Wildcat golfer myself, it’s sad to see such a talent leave campus. It’s an interesting move considering another Englishman by the name of Luke Donald came to Northwestern and became one of the greatest players in college golf history and has enjoyed a very successful professional career. But I know I’m not alone in wishing Fitzpatrick the best.
And as always, Go U, NU!